Lizzie Gittens marked her Stoneham return with a late winner as table topping Trojans maintained their Investec Women’s Western Conference title push with a 1-0 victory over Gloucester City.
Trojans, who enjoy a three-point lead over Stourport at the top of the log, were made to work hard for their victory – Gittens converting a penalty corner four minutes from time.
It was her first home game since rejoining Trojans from Premier Division championship chasing Surbiton, where she had not enjoyed as much pitch time as she might have hoped.
The Gloucester match was a tightly contested affair, with the visitors putting Trojans’ defence under pressure with their strong breaks.
There was no shortage of turnovers but Trojans did show glimpses of neat passing links.
It was a tense affair right until the final whistle with Gloucester forcing the pace after Gittens’ winner, but finding themselves rebuffed by a resilient home defence.
A tenth win in 13 outings has put Trojans in pole position ahead of what could be a season defining trip to South Wales on Saturday lunchtime.
Trojans’ girls face a formidable task against an in-form Swansea City, who have won their last three games and completed a notable double over Stourport with a recent 1-0 victory.
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